Welcome to the City of Cochran!

 

The City of Cochran is a uniquely progressive rural community built upon efficient and effective service delivery with an organizational culture that strives to embrace change and diversity. The City also strives to ensure a high level of innovation and sustainable development while maintaining and enhancing a quality educational system, with the ultimate goal of providing a safe and secure environment to live, raise families, work, conduct business, and play.


News and Updates

 

NEW LOOK!!!

 

Monthly utility bills will have a new look beginning May 2016.  Customers will receive their bill in an enclosed envelope on an 8 1/2 x 11 paper.  The new bill will include your account number and a PIN number located in the upper right-hand box.  Your PIN is needed to pay online.  For a sneak peek of the new bills, click HERE.

Effective immediately, customers can make payments inside City Hall using VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express.

 

 Fire Services Update

      (May 23, 2016)

 

The City of Cochran is posting its May 12, 2016 response to Bleckley County's May 10, 2016 letter that sets forth Option No. 1.  The City is posting its May 12th response letter in its entirety, as well as the County's original May 10th proposal.

May 10, 2016/County Letter

May 12, 2016/City Letter

 

 City Fire Services and L.O.S.T.

Regarding the fire service funding issue, the City of Cochran is aware of the County’s recent assertion that the 2013 L.O.S.T. sales tax agreement is the City’s rationale for seeking a more equitable payment schedule for City/County fire services. In fact, the City has never mentioned the 2013 L.O.S.T. sales tax agreement as a motive for seeking a more equitable payment schedule for City/County fire services.

 

The City is seeking a more equitable fire service payment schedule because the City pays $458,100 per year for City/County fire services and the County pays $125,000. The City pays 79% ($458,100) and the County pays 21% ($125,000). Much of the County’s 21% ($125,000) is paid by City taxpayers because they are also County taxpayers.

 

However, over 60% of fire calls are in the unincorporated County. Over 60% of County residents (7,967) reside in the unincorporated County, while less than 40% (4,804) of County residents are in the incorporated City. The City has less than 40% of the fire calls but is paying 79% of the County-wide fire services bill. These are the reasons the City is seeking a more equitable payment schedule for fire services.

 

Since last September, the City has repeatedly sought the County’s assistance in developing a productive understanding of equitably paying for County-wide fire services. In January, due to the County’s failure to come to a meaningful agreement on implementing a more equitable fire service payment schedule, the City stated that the County’s lack of cooperation would result in the City’s cessation of regular fire services beyond the City limits after June 30, 2016.

 

Again, the 2013 L.O.S.T. sales tax agreement has never been part of the City’s concerns with developing a more equitable fire service payment schedule. The City views the L.O.S.T. agreement as an issue separate from the current discussion on equitable funding of fire services. Since the County has raised the L.O.S.T. agreement as a concern, the County is welcome to include L.O.S.T. funding as part of their negotiated settlement with the City. The City of Cochran looks forward to working with the County to resolve our differences regarding equitable funding of fire services.

 

 

To view the report regarding the "Adjustment of Funding Inequities Between the City of Cochran and Bleckley County" that was discussed and appoved by the Mayor and City Council at the Regular City Council Meeting on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, please click on "Read More."  For additional information regarding the documents used to prepare this report, please click on the appropriate attachment: House Bill 489, September 23, 2015 Letter to County to negotiate Service Delivery Strategy, January 5, 2016 Letter to County to negotiate Service Delivery Strategy, Service Delivery Strategy, September 29, 2014 Letter of Intent to revise or terminate "Communications and Fire Protection Agreement", List of Fire Department Equipment onwed by City and County, February 10, 2016 Letter to County confirming termination of County Fire Service, and the April 1, 2016 Letter to County regarding fire service termination.

 

 

 

GARBAGE SERVICE

Bulk waste pick-up will be on the second Saturday of each month with the first pick-up on Saturday, March 12th.  No more than three household items, such as furniture, will be picked up.  Bulk waste is limited to 75 pounds per household. Residents should not place their bulk waste at the curb until the morning of the second Saturday of each month, to prevent the bulk waste from becoming a nuisance.

 

Questions regarding new trash carts, limb pick-up, or bulk waste pick-up should be directed to City Hall at (478) 934-6346.